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Dunedin
New Zealand

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The good news keeps on coming! More funds have been pledged by local trusts, the latest being $10,000 awarded by the AAW Jones Trust. This, plus 2014 box office profits and donations from individuals, have raised our "Roof Funds" to $271,000.


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The History Boys by Alan Bennett
Directed byKeith Scott  
Opens:Thursday 29th May 2014
Until:Saturday 7th June 2014
Bookings open:Thursday 8th May 2014
This sparkling comedy is the story of a group of senior history students in a second rate public school in pursuit of the most glittering of prizes, admission to the universities of Oxford or Cambridge. Terribly unruly but terrifically talented, the boys are preoccupied with study, sport and sex but not necessarily in that order. They are faced with a headmaster who is only interested in reputation, a new young teacher only interested in results, and old Mr Hector, their general studies teacher, who simply believes in the joyous gift of knowledge and giving his boys their individuality. Blissfully funny and irreverent, but also confronting, shockingly honest and deeply moving, The History Boys explores the anarchy of adolescence, the nature of history, and questions the aims and methods of the modern education system.
Click here for a list of cast and crew.

A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
Directed byDale Neill  
Opens:Thursday 24th July 2014
Until:Saturday 2nd August 2014
Bookings open:Thursday 10th July 2014
A Midsummer Night's Dream is a comedy, believed to have been written between 1590 and 1596. It portrays the events surrounding the marriage of the Duke of Athens, Theseus, and Hippolyta. These include the adventures of four young Athenian lovers and a group of six amateur actors, who are controlled and manipulated by the fairies who inhabit the forest in which most of the play is set

The Choice by Claire Luckham
Directed byHelen Fearnley  
Opens:Thursday 25th September 2014
Until:Saturday 4th October 2014
Bookings open:Thursday 11th September 2014
...tells the story of a couple, expecting their first child. They are told, however, that the child will have Down syndrome and must then choose whether to abort or continue the pregnancy. The decision is examined through a writer, who presents a picture of her own warm relationship with her Down syndrome brother, set against the anguish of the couple.
The play offers a moving and sometimes humorous debate that presents both sides of the argument. There is no simple answer and the play does not provide one; rather it raises profound questions about the power of giving life and the responsibilities it confers.

History

The Globe TheatreThe Globe is where New Zealand's best known poet, James K Baxter, had his first plays produced.

This 'theatre in a house' was created in 1961 by Patric and Rosalie Carey when they extended the living room of their house in London Street into an auditorium, converting it into a small, 30 seat theatre which they called The Globe. This was later modified into the 80 seat theatre which exists today. The Careys were active in promoting both classical and new theatre to Dunedin audiences. The theatre was the first in Australasia, for example, to mount a production of Beckett's Waiting for Godot. At the same time, there were regular performances of works by Shakespeare, Sophocles, Moliere, Ibsen and others.

Rosalie and PatricThe Careys also promoted the works of New Zealand playwrights such as R A K Mason and James K Baxter, both of whom were Burns Fellows at the University of Otago.

The Careys retired in 1973 but the theatre and its traditions continue, under the watchful care of the Incorporated Society known as the Friends of the Globe Theatre.


An audience in the foyerWhile the theatrical environment in Dunedin has changed considerably since the 1960s, the wishes of many people to see and/or participate in amateur theatre which is produced to high standards has not changed. If you too would like to become involved in the workings of this theatre in any capacity, on stage, behind the scenes or simply as an audience member who is given a discount on admission, do consider becoming a member of the Friends of the Globe.

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